Dislike the musician, dislike the music?

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You are able to take pleasure in a classical masterpiece, and when you know conductor X did the reference model (and you’ve got it in your assortment), you continue to go for conductor Y’s document for no different motive than that you simply dislike conductor X as an individual. You already know the music would not essentially mirror the musician’s persona, however nonetheless…

it occurs to me so typically that I concern I am lacking out on a whole lot of nice stuff. And I am certain you guys will inform me within the feedback that I miss out of a whole lot of nice stuff. But when I’ve a private antipathy in the direction of a sure musician, I discover it extraordinarily onerous to take pleasure in his recordings, irrespective of how well-known and critically acclaimed they’re.

Examples (all conductors) are Bernstein, Karajan, Solti, Szell and Toscanini. I really feel varied levels of dislike for these individuals, for varied causes. Typically it is motivated by bona fide musical style or choice, however principally my antipathy is related to the general public persona of the conductor in query.
I often can stand Karajan higher than Bernstein, who’s within the absolute no-go zone for me. So I traditionally missed out on Bernstein’s Mahler, with some exceptions, and whereas I respect a few of Karajan’s work in opera and elsewhere, I do not even personal any of his Beethoven cycles.
It really works in the wrong way too, I am certain. I suppose I are inclined to over-valuate Barbirolli, as a result of I discover him such an agreeable chap…

Does this occur to you individuals on the market too? Absolutely I can not be alone on this!


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